what clay do you guys use?

Discussion in 'Pre Wash, Wash, Decon, Claying, Engine, Wheels, an' started by ampbmw, Dec 4, 2007.

  1. vrwm

    vrwm Jedi Nuba

    Autozone by me Doesn't carry Clay Magic :looser:
  2. D&D Auto Detailing

    D&D Auto Detailing DB Forum Supporter

    I like Clay Magic Blue, Mothers, and Top of the Line purple.
  3. HAN

    HAN Birth of a Detailer

    do all of you USA guys using Riccardo clay have some sort of "secret source" or something, because I thought that it wasn't avail. in the US. PM me if unable to post specifics...

  4. 02CAMSS

    02CAMSS Jedi Nuba

    Is there any clay that does not marr?
  5. klumzypinoy

    klumzypinoy Nuba Guru

    Sadly it's not sold here :(
  6. Nica

    Nica Banned

    Well a good question, but to be honest there are many grades of clay. Now we all know that even though there are many different brands of clay bars essentially they all come from the same manufacture...now if I'm not mistaken there are two manufactures that manufacture the clay bars...I could be out to lunch but I beleave that's what I've read...if I'm wrong I welcome anyone to correct me :thumb:

    Now I've used several clay bars and I've found that the really mild ones do not induce micro marring the only downfaull with that is that they sometimes don't remove all the contaminats on the vehicle. I've used Meg's white bars, Mothers yellow bar (not the "yellow" bar but the regular bars) and both I've found to be very mild and they will get the job done but I've found that it takes several passes to completely remove the contamination from the surface...now if you use lots of clay lube, QD or anything to lubricate wile you clay (I personaly prefer clay lube) it will reduce micro marring the surface, key is to not be stingy with the clay lube. I'm sure we have all seen Paul Daltons video and how he uses the clay lube, well that is one way of using it...don't apply too much pressure wile claying, use lots of lube and use the appropriate grade of clay and you should be good.

    My personal go to clay bars are Ricardo (the "yellow" clay bar) and the Red Clay Magic, Ricardo is gentle yet packs a reasonable bite...but to be honest what I love about it is that you can manipulate it very easy. Now for those extreme vehicles that have never been cared for or have extreme contamination on them I use the Red Clay Matic, now this clay has one heck of a bite. I use it only on vehicles that decervice this and that are going to receive paitn corrections as it will induce micro marring and lots of it.

    Well sorry for the long winded response but I hope it helps, keep in mind that these are just my personal opinions and findings :chris:
  7. GigaFlow

    GigaFlow Two Bucket System Washer

    I have tried Pinnacle's and Riccardo claybars, and i must say i like Riccardo best. The Riccardo Claybar is softer and easyer to work with.
  8. 02CAMSS

    02CAMSS Jedi Nuba

    Thanks nica.I use the gray dp clay and it marrs and I just was wodering if there was one I would not have to polish behind.
  9. P1et

    P1et Official DB Moderator

    That's a doozie, but I bet you can probably request it!
  10. joep

    joep Welcome to Detailing

    I use clay magic as well..i also have a 1/2 bar of PB's yellow clay left from when the poly clay was readily available here in the US..unfortunately the yellow clay available to you lucky canadians is not obtainable here :thumbdown: :rant:
  11. vrwm

    vrwm Jedi Nuba

    Well with me living right next to Chicago, there are like 6 Autozones by my house, I just have to stop by and check with all of them. The one closest to me about 1 mile away doesn't carry it. Just to lazy to check with the other ones with all the snow.:spank:
  12. joep

    joep Welcome to Detailing

    save yourself some running around by going on autozone.com to locate the stores in your area in order to get the number ...call ahead first
  13. Z06-Goose

    Z06-Goose Any Rag Vehicle Washer

    Claymagic -blue- has done a great job for me. Easy to use, and clean up nicely
    Another one I've tried is the Detailing Dynamic claybar -green- it works best when warm out, as it tends to stiffen up as it gets cold. I normally make it more pliable by rinsing it in warm water before use...
  14. vrwm

    vrwm Jedi Nuba

    LOL, thats the smart thing to do:thumb:. :whistle: Why didn't I think of that?:deadhorse:
  15. HAN

    HAN Birth of a Detailer

  16. Obsessive Detail

    Obsessive Detail Pro Detailer - Lifetime Member

    My favorite clay was Opti Clay. I used my last bar eariler in the year. :rant:

    I think the Opti Clay is still available in Canada if I'm not mistaken.
  17. FMINUS

    FMINUS DB Pro Supporter

  18. LanceM

    LanceM DB Forum Supporter

    ive been using mothers. Its pretty cheap and can get it easily. Gets the job done.
  19. LanceM

    LanceM DB Forum Supporter

    lol i just bought some too.
  20. togwt

    togwt Nuba Guru

    There are only a couple manufactures of clay and patents protect the technology, with some subtle difference
    in consistency and firmness, a recent court hearing found components of the “elastic clay” to be a patent infringement and the judge ordered sale of the product to be halted. (In the United States, Auto Wax Company Inc. (now owned by Illinois Tool Works Inc.) owns the US patent rights (No. 5,727,993) and reads thus- "Conventional compounds comprising an elastomeric resin mixed with abrasives used to remove protrusions, projections, and/or strongly adhered foreign matter from vehicle surfaces"

    Auto Wax owns six patents relating to clay products and provides private label clay too many of the detail industry’s leading companies - Clay Magic detailing car clay and Auto Magic specialty products As a result, all of the Polybutene (Polyisobutylene) or plastic clay being manufactured now comes from the same factory in Japan, which as the only patent holder has a monopoly on the market. Meguiar's, Mothers, Sonus, Zaino, et al get their clay either from Japan (Source Chem. Inc. one of Japan's biggest clay manufacturers) or from a US licensed manufacturer.

    Clay - Detailers Automotive Clay: - An Article by Jon Miller - Detail University - Auto Detailing Forum

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